BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana’s John Mellencamp will be attending a panel discussion and participating in an interview during the Indiana University Mellencamp Symposium on March 3. 

Mellencamp will be joined by scholars and music industry leaders to discuss the social and cultural impacts of Mellencamp’s career. Along with the other scheduled events, Mellencamp will be a part of an on-stage interview with Rolling Stone journalist and IU alumnus, Anthony DeCurtis. The event will take place at Presidents Hall (within Franklin Hall) at IU in Bloomington on March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Introducing the documentary ‘From The Ashes’, John Mellencamp talks about how he believes in the documentary, Friday night in the Whittenberger Auditorium. Mellencamp recorded a song that plays over the credits of the documentary.

As long-time friends, Mellencamp and DeCurtis will discuss the singer-songwriter’s influence and life, including anecdotes of Mellencamp’s time and experiences in the studio and on the road. Other topics of discussion will include Mellencamp’s musical philosophy, his songwriting process, as well as his success in filmmaking, musical theater, and painting.

A collection of those in the music industry that were closest to Mellencamp will provide a more intimate look into Mellencamp’s long and popular career that continues to influence listeners. The panel will include the following speakers:

  • Rob Light: Partner and Managing DIrecotr of Creative Artists Agency
  • Monte Lipman: Founder and Cheif Operating Officer of Republic Records
  • Bruce Resmikoff: President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Music Enterprises

The panel will also include other industry professionals from iHeartMedia, Sacks & Co., and FarmAid.

In addition to a successful music career, John Mellencamp, a Bloomington resident, is known as a social activist, and painter. Having won several awards including a Grammy Award, the John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie awards, as well as the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, Mellencamp is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with a music career that spans 4 decades.

Those interested in attending the event are asked to register on-site on the day of the event.